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There is a lot at stake when facing sexual assault charges

Facing any criminal charge can be an intimidating and stressful situation regardless of the actual charge. Many criminal charges can also impact your life in a variety of ways, including impacting your freedom. When you are dealing with sexual assault charges of any kind or degree of severity, a conviction can affect your life in a number of ways even after you serve your debt to society. Because of what all is at stake, it is imperative that anyone in Tennessee facing sexual assault charges knows his or her rights and what the implications of a conviction may be.

Many types of sexual assault charges can lead to required registry as a sexual offender. Being put on this registry will follow you regardless of where you move. Supervision may be legally required, and where you can live will certainly by impacted. For example, registry as a sexual offender means you have to live a certain distance from schools or day care facilities.

Driving the wrong way results in drunk driving charges for woman

When someone heads the wrong way on the highway or drives through a closed section of road, the police are likely to become involved. One woman in Tennessee recently drove through a closed construction area on the Interstate, and criminal charges were filed against her as a result. The woman now faces drunk driving charges after the incident.

The incident unfolded as a 22-year-old woman was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic. She was reportedly close to crossing a bridge. Officers also noted marks on the road, indicating that the woman braked to keep from hitting a construction vehicle on the closed section of the highway.

What you need to know about a failed sobriety test

It can be intimidating and stressful to be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. Many outside factors, including fear and stress, can combine to produce a false conclusion. Accordingly, a failed sobriety test is possible even if the driver is not intoxicated. If you are facing a drunk driving charge in Tennessee , being aware of these factors may be important in contesting the accusations in criminal court. 

Speeding leads to DUI charges for Tennessee man

A speeding violation can lead to a lot more than a ticket under certain circumstances. One man in Tennessee was recently pulled over for speeding, and the incident ended with the man facing multiple charges, including DUI charges. It was also discovered that the man had four prior convictions for drunk driving incidents.

The incident began as police said the man was driving 75 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. After they pulled him over, the police state that the man's speech was slurred. He also reportedly did not do well on the field sobriety tests that were administered.

Woman faces vehicular homicide charges after Tennessee crash

After an arrest for suspected DUI, additional charges may be filed that could lead to even more serious consequences, particularly if the charges are related to a fatal car crash. After a collision in Tennessee, a woman was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Because the accident resulted in a fatality, she has since been charged with vehicular assault and vehicular homicide, along with a charge of reckless endangerment.

The accident occurred a few months ago. The accused woman was driving an SUV eastbound. She is said to have veered into the westbound lane and hit four motorcycles. She was initially detained based on outstanding warrants for contempt of court. She also had a 3-year-old child in the SUV with her at the time of the crash.

Father faces DUI charges after kids found in can in Tennessee

Calls to police about an unusual situation on the roadway can lead to criminal charges against a driver. When a man left his two toddlers in the car and reportedly walked up an off ramp, police investigated, and DUI charges were handed down as a result. The incident unfolded on a Tennessee highway.

Police were first alerted to reports that a man was stepping into traffic just before midnight on a Monday night. When the police got to the scene, they found a man walking up an off-ramp and away from a vehicle. The man told police he was having car trouble, and he also told police he had had a few drinks early that night.

Alleged sexual assault leads to charges in Tennessee

Any kind of authority figure can be put in a vulnerable position when alone with someone who then claims charges of sexual assault by that authority figure. In Tennessee recently, a man was accused of sexual assault after being alone with a woman on two occasions. The man was an IRS agent who visited the woman to conduct an audit of her business.

The alleged incident unfolded as the man was at the business conducting a tax audit. The woman claims sexual overtures where made towards her. She also says there was the insinuation that if she did not comply with the sexual advances, there would be negative consequences for the business.

Prior convictions can impact any DUI case in Tennessee

A DUI case can be confusing and troubling, as being accused can affect many aspects of your life, including your career, finances and even your freedom. Tennessee takes DUI cases seriously and any prior convictions for DUI can have a tremendous impact on the possible sentence if a case is pursued. Knowing the consequences and the ways in which prior convictions may affect a case is as important as knowing what kind of defense may be possible if you face DUI charges.

First of all, if you are facing a second offense, the state may be able to take your vehicle away. Jail time is also on the table if you have prior DUI convictions. If convicted of a second offense, jail time may be 45 days, which can have a serious impact on your job and family. And, of course, you'll have to pay hefty fines.

Drive-thru incident in Tennessee leads to DUI charges

Not all DUI incidents occur when cars are on the roadway. Driver should be forewarned that DUI charges can be filed when a car is in a restaurant drive-thru. The man involved in the Tennessee incident also had his daughter in the vehicle at the time.

The man was in the drive-thru and allegedly had a difficult time unlocking his door to get outside of the vehicle. He also reportedly did not fare well when performing a field sobriety tests. He relayed to police that he had not been drinking alcohol but had actually taken a sleeping pill. Authorities also said the man had a difficult time answering questions.

Defendants must aggressively fight sex crimes allegations

Being accused of any crime can be devastating and emotionally challenging. However, being accused of sex crimes can pose a number of greater challenges based on how society perceives sex crime allegations. Because of what all is at stake, anyone in Tennessee who is facing charges related to sex crimes should ensure a vigorous defense is mounted to ensure fairness and protection under the law.

The stigma of a charge can ruin a person's reputation regardless of the facts or even before the facts are considered. This necessitates a quick response when it comes to mounting a defense. Part of that defense may include investigating how interrogations may have been conducted. Confessions can be obtained under duress and witnesses or victims may be coached or influenced improperly, especially if that victim is underage.